auftakt festival für szenische texte ::: call for artists

May 20-23 ::: Alte Feuerwache, Cologne ::: zur deutschen Version

Deadline: March 15th

The forth edition of the cologne based auftakt festival takes place soon! Cheers for Fears and Land in Sicht invite young artists of various disciplines and authors to join this years edition in the Alte Feuerwache, Cologne. The focus of the auftakt festival lays in the experiment of researching texts by young authors in a crisp collective work process and implementing them artistically. What formats can a text lead to: short piece, audio walk, video installation, dance performance, concert format? What does the text demand, what can be countered?

At the festival, teams of artists will form around the freshly curated texts of auftakt 2020 and engage in artistic discussion. The process is accompanied by professional dramaturges. The festival ends with a public showing in the Alte Feuerwache.

We are looking for young art students and artists from the fields of performance, theater, music, visual arts and media art. The participating artists will be part of an intensive collaboration with colleagues in direct exchange with the authors.


Young artists and art students can apply. Please state in your application what is your interest in participating and also send us a short resume and a printable photo, which we can use for the press and website if approved. (The photo has no influence on the selection process). In addition, we look forward to references to your work in the form of digital portfolios, web and video links.

We will communicate our decision at the beginning of April; with the acceptance, you will receive the chosen texts from which you can choose your favorites and be assigned to an artistic team. We attach great importance in proposing a diverse selection of four to five texts, from classic scenic to experimental, performative texts. Applications are only accepted via the form on until March 15, 2012.

The selected artists receive a fee. Travel and accommodation costs can also be covered. Attendance throughout the festival period (May 20-23) is required for participation.

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